Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School is a collaborative school community with responsible students who are passionate, global learners.

Friday, June 5, 2015

TWIG 6.5.15

June 5, 2015

Last TWIG of the School year! - The last day of school is Monday, June 8th which is a full day. HAPPY SUMMER!!

Thanks to all of our amazing families, committee chairs and volunteers for a successful school year of many, many PTA events and activities!! We definitely live in a wonderful, supportive, caring and helpful community. Your time and talents are valued! In SD25 (7 elementary schools and 2 middle schools), we have:
- 5300 students
- 800 staff
- PTA raises $350,000!
- 4,162 PTA members
- 430 committees
- 350 programs
This is a great testament to all of the hard work and love you put into our schools and our children!

5th Grade Breakfast:  Parents of 5th graders are invited to the annual breakfast on June 8, from 8-9:15 in the Commons.  The 5th grade committee has requested that each student bring a Sharpie for signing.  Due to space limitations, please make other arrangements for siblings.  Click here for the flyer. 

Incoming Thomas 6th grade Summer Reading:  Please read the Summer Read Flyer 2015 for information on your summer reading list as well as how to order books.  

Attention Incoming Kindergarteners:  Attention Families with Incoming Kindergartners! The Summer Play dates are set for Wednesday, June 24 6:30-7:30 pm; Sunday July 19th from 1:00-2:00 pm & Monday, August 10th from 10:00-11:00 am. Please bring your incoming Kindergartners to meet some new kindergarten friends. All play dates are held weather permitting at Greens Park. Also, we are ordering the Class of 2021 T-shirts. If you haven't already ordered one and you would like to please complete this form and turn it into the front office. Any questions? contact Lindsey Campion

ABC/25 Foundation Membership Drive Begins Now:  Please support Olive-Mary Stitt's chance to earn a $2500 grant from the ABC/25 Foundation-the fundraising partner of School District 25! All you have to do is join ABC/25 with a donation of $40 when you register your child online for the 2015/2016 school year.  We need 25% of Olive's families to join in order to receive the grant money.  If you have children at more than one school in the district, your membership will count toward both schools' tallies.  

ABC/25 Open postions:  Please click here to learn more about open positions in the ABC/25 organization.  

Cultural ArtsThe Cultural Arts committee would love to know if any OMS families have personal connections to or enjoyed with their kids any particular Chicago-area theater, music, or dance groups. We are looking to secure in-school performances for the 2015-16 school year and we welcome your input on the types of arts and cultural education you'd love to have your children experience! Please contact Christine Wellner to share your ideas.

Back to School Ice Cream Social:  Kick off the 2015/2016 school year at our Ice Cream Social. Use the form to pre-order by May 29th. Meet your teachers, drop off supplies and enjoy ice cream with friends! Click here for more information. 

School Supply Kits Ordering -  The PTA is once again offering school supply kits for purchase and the deadline for ordering is June 12th Click here for more info on ordering & the school supply list for next year.

PTA Survey: Please take a few minutes to complete our PTA survey. PTA Survey Tell us what you like and what you'd like to see modified. Your opinion matters!!! 

Volunteer Opportunities for 2015/2016: Please fill out the following form to indicate which volunteer opportunities you are interested in for next school year. PTA Volunteer Form. We really appreciate the efforts of all of our amazing PTA volunteers! You make our events an activities possible!

Open Committee Chairs for next year (2015-2016) -  We have a few committee chair positions still available for next year:  Parent Patrol, Roller skating night co-chair, Just Move It school representative.  Please contact Rebecca Linscott or Angie Frye if you are interested or would like more information.  

OMS Calendar (calendar tab also on Directory Spot App and can be exported into your electronic calendars or printed): Click here for calendar.

District 25 E-Flyer:  Here you will find information published weekly about community educational and recreational opportunities for children and families in our district.  Click here for the E-Flyer
Click on the appropriate date to view this week's events.

Twig Submissions:  If you would like to submit something for the Twig or website please use this form.  All submissions must be filled out and sent by Thursday morning in order to appear in that week's Twig.  The form also gives an option for an email blast and attaching a form.  If you have an accompanying email blast please email olivepta@gmail.com.  Email blasts must be a follow up to a post in a prior Twig.  Any questions please contact olivepta@gmail.com

Wishing You a Relaxing Summer Vacation!

Monday will mark the end of another fantastic year at OMS. The learning adventures have been plentiful, the friendships long lasting, and the fun never ending! We hope that we will see many of you at our 5th grade sendoff on Monday at 3:30 pm, on the blacktop. If not, please enjoy a well-deserved break from the school year routine, and we'll see you back at the nest on Thursday, August 27th.

I am so grateful for the accomplishments and contributions of our students, staff, and parents this year. It was once again a privilege to lead such a remarkable school!


Internet Safety Presentations

During their LMC lessons in May, OMS fifth graders became experts on Internet Safety.  They learned about such topics as choosing safe passwords, creating good usernames, protecting computers from viruses, choosing what is safe to post online, etc.  In order to share that information with others, fifth graders worked with teams to create presentations using the online tool, Prezi. Then, they shared their presentations with the third graders.   The third graders enjoyed rotating through all of the interactive presentations that included information, mini quizzes, videos, and more. 

4th Grade Greek Mythology Fun!

Every 4th grader researched a Greek god or goddess and shared stories and facts with our 1st, 2nd & 3rd grade friends.

5th Grade Rube Goldberg Challenge

Things are Erupting at OMS!

The 4th graders studied Earth's Changing Surface this year and as part of the unit, they learned about volcanoes.  They created their volcanoes at home and erupted them in the Olive courtyard.  We had so many creative projects and as you can see, some erupted pretty high!  It was our favorite experiment of the year!  

May Hoot Winners

Congratulations to our May Hoot winners!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Special Guest at Olive

As a special treat, our student council arranged for real, live owls to visit this week from River Trail Nature Center.


5th Grade Send-off

Please join us on the blacktop at 3:30 pm on Monday, June 8th to send our fifth graders off in style! ALL OMS students will be forming a tunnel for students to pass through as they leave the nest and spread their wings at Thomas or South.  All parents are welcome to join in this fun Olive tradition - just meet by the basketball hoops on the Olive blacktop and cheer as the student exit the tunnel!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

D25 Keyboard Challenge!

Which elementary school will be the victor? Join the first ever district-wide summer keyboarding challenge! From June 9th until August 21st each minute you spend on  typingtraining.com will be added to your school total. A prize will be awarded to the winning school and to the top typists at each school. For details please see the flyer.

Summer Reading with AHML

Please use the link below to access the Summer Reading Lists from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. You can also see their lists on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ahlibrary/